Multiple Sclerosis is even uncooler than originally thought
If you read last week’s blog, part one of this crucial two part posting, you might have felt that I was exaggerating. But consider even more evidence as multiple sclerosis and aging continue to drastically combine, making me and my world even uncooler than originally thought.
As someone smart who would have loved to have the talent to be in a rock band, I recognize that rock bands are cool; especially classic rock bands. I recently discovered that my TV has on it something called Music Choice stations where I can pick a genre of music and just listen to it, 24/7 if I feel like it; or if MS is keeping me from sleeping, thinking or doing anything remotely productive.
I didn’t know about this station previously as the stations I actually get on my television die after about channel 100. Music Choice is in the 500 range and whoever goes all the way up there?
Anyway, they have a classic rock channel and of course, that would be the coolest one to watch. And it’s even better than listening to a good radio station as no commercials interrupt the classically cool music.
As I was listening to this station I noticed that to give you something to look at while they play music they offer “Did You Know” questions about the artist whose song they happen to be playing at the time. I was super proud that I knew most of the answers to the questions.
Yes I knew that Mick Jagger went to the London School of Economics
Yes I knew that Jimi Hendrix lit his guitar on fire at the Monterey Pop Festival
Yes I knew that Led Zeppelin was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 90’s.
What a relief! MS hasn’t robbed my brain of knowledge of important information!
But after the trivia questions, the channel shows advertising relevant to the person watching the channel. And what did the Music Choice Classic Rock channel offer? Advertisements for Medicare, knee replacement surgery, Life Alert bracelets and loan payments!
Seriously! The channel could at least take me back to my party days by offering fun beer and wine advertisements.
I no sooner thought that when they showed another advertisement- for help with addiction!
Everything I ever understood about what I thought was cool and what wasn’t just got completely shifted around as I sat on my sofa, enjoying the music but paranoid about what ad would pop up next.
Speaking of paranoid, did I know that Black Sabbath’s song Paranoid was their only top 20 hit?
No, I didn’t know that one. And like that, my worries about the world coming to an end were back.
I couldn’t even take comfort in the fact that my favorite guitarist, Keith Richards, wasn’t helping me sort this all out.
Keith Richards, the hardest rock partier of the seventies and one of the coolest musicians ever, had just published a children’s book!!!
Who could have possibly seen that coming???
True, it is a book about a cool kid with a cool grandpa who both play cool guitars.
And true, it has really cool illustrations done by Keith’s own daughter.
But still, this classic of classic rock guitarists writing children’s books-how am I supposed to handle that?
Luckily I took comfort in the fact that if Keith was going to write a kid’s book at least he wrote a cool one. I pondered further and wondered if the answer is that maybe perceptions change as we age and/or as MS robs us of things that we treasure.
Yes, MS is still super uncool. But maybe it’s not that simple.
So please allow me to take pride that, for the most part, I can still recognize cool even though cool might not be as obvious as it used to be.
MS= Very, very uncool
Worrying about what’s cool and what’s not=uncool
Living life with whatever you may need to rock it= Cool
Realizing that changes in life don’t mean that the world is coming to an end= cool
People with MS kicking MS butt= Super, super cool! Probably, the coolest of the cool…
Next to Keith Richards of course.
A letter to my awesome readers-
Did you know that you can help fight multiple sclerosis? I believe that one way is by using your sense of humor to fight back! Every time you smile, giggle or laugh out loud, you are fighting back!
Another way you can fight MS is by purchasing my book/ebook, MS Madness! A “Giggle More, Cry Less” Story of Multiple Sclerosis where a portion of the proceeds from each sale goes to nonprofit agencies helping people with, or who are fighting chronic illness.
But here’s a new way to fight back. By checking out www.iConquerMS.org
This website, sponsored by the Accelerated Cure Project for MS is described as a research initiative where MS patients can share their health histories and work together to find the best research to develop a cure. With patients working together, who knows what we can do!
Check it out here to see if you would like to become involved..
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